BISMARCK – Students at Williston State College will pay less in mandatory fees next semester after the State Board of Higher Education decided to roll back substantial fee hikes this fall that had some lawmakers questioning whether the two-year college was trying to skirt tuition caps.
BISMARCK -– Attendance at the boyhood home of famous bandleader Lawrence Welk hasn’t exactly exploded since it became a state historic site on July 1, but turnout in July and August did exceed all of the 2014 season. Diane Rogness, historic sites manager for the State Historical Society, said about 730 people visited the 6-acre homestead near Strasburg during the past two calendar months. The birthplace of the “King of Champagne Music” is open Thursday-Sunday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
BISMARCK –- As he headed out the door for a job interview Thursday afternoon, Ralph Reynolds was still waiting for payment-in-full for the work he did at a Fargo hotel more than two years ago. He may not have to wait much longer. A U.S.
BISMARCK – A federal judge on Friday ruled that his order last week blocking a new federal clean-water rule from taking effect doesn’t apply nationwide but only to North Dakota and the dozen other states involved in the lawsuit, citing “competing sovereign interests and competing judicial rulings.”
BISMARCK – North Dakotans won’t be voting a second time on a constitutional amendment that would require costly initiated ballot measures to be placed on the general election ballot. The Senate voted 20-27 on Friday to kill an amended version of House Concurrent Resolution 3047, after the House passed it 71-18 on Thursday.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers recessed for the weekend with hopes of concluding the session on Monday or Tuesday, saving three or four legislative days in case they need to reconvene later. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, informed his chamber Friday morning that they would have Saturday and Sunday off. “People have worked hard, and we need a break in the action right now to make sure we make good decisions on the last day – I hope – of the session,” he said.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota House and Senate are in disharmony over whether the state should spend additional money to operate the boyhood home of famous bandleader and native son Lawrence Welk as a historical site. House lawmakers on Wednesday stripped the State Historical Society’s budget of $135,000 in operating funds that were added by the Senate. Gov. Jack Dalrymple didn’t include any operating funds for the site in his 2015-17 budget recommendation.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the leadership position of Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks. BISMARCK – State senators endorsed a North Dakota University System budget on Wednesday that caps tuition at 2.5 percent for the next two years and reverses what one committee leader called “some micromanaging” in the House version of the bill.
BISMARCK – House lawmakers warned about the potential for big corporations to wield their influence over North Dakota classrooms as they scrapped a bill Wednesday that would have set up a foundation to handle private donations for educational purposes. “This has the potential to really conflict with what this legislative body wishes to do and sets the policy to do,” said Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo. “I think this is a dangerous road to go down.”
BISMARCK - Laura Kulsrud knows the bill that passed the North Dakota Legislature on Friday won’t give her instant access to the experimental drug she hopes will treat the terminal disease robbing her sons of their physical abilities and attacking their brains. “But it’s in place in case it will help us down the road,” she said.